University Heights

University Heights seeks applicants for law director position

On Dec. 11, the City of University Heights posted the job of city law director as an open position on its website. Anthony Coyne, current law director, has held the position since Nov. 1, 2012.

The job posting states that applicants must be duly admitted to the practice of law in Ohio. It requires that applicants have experience in municipal law, with a preference for those also experienced in zoning and planning. The annual salary for the part-time position is $40,000–$50,000. A full position description can be found on the city’s website, www.universityheights.com.

Applications are due Monday, Jan. 12, at 4 p.m. Applicants should submit a resume to Kelly Thomas, Clerk of Council, City of University Heights, 2300 Warrensville Center Road, University Heights, 44118.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 1:37 PM, 12.16.2014

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 12-1-2014

DECEMBER 1, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Wiley construction
  • Wheel loader purchase
  • Ladder truck repair
  • Equipment sale
  • Debt policy
  • Tax collection
  • Budget legislation
  • Cedar Road sidewalk work
  • Paperless council
  • Community engagement committee

Councilman Steven Sims was absent.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 7:14 PM, 12.16.2014

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 11-17-2014

NOVEMBER 17, 2014

  • Debate on executive session
  • Workers’ compensation administration
  • Budget amendment
  • Park fund
  • Debt policy
  • Public health services
  • Police video maintenance
  • Sale of property
  • New park

All council members were present.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 6:57 PM, 12.16.2014

Former UH vice mayor Goldberg holds lead over incumbent judge with election results not yet official

Francine Goldberg, former University Heights city councilwoman and vice mayor, holds a slim lead over incumbent judge Janet Rath Colaluca in the race for Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court Judge.

As of Nov. 5, unofficial election results provided by the County BOE showed that Goldberg, a Democrat, had received 116,409 votes (50.26 percent), compared with 115,212 votes (49.74 percent) for Republican candidate Colaluca.

Absentee ballots can be received up to 10 days after Election Day (if postmarked no later than the day before the election), and so have yet to be counted, and official election results, including provisional ballots, have not yet been certified by the BOE.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 12:57 PM, 11.05.2014

UH voters narrowly approve park bond issue

Voters in University Heights approved a $1.8 million bond issue to fund a new city park on the former site of the Fuchs Mizrachi School. By a vote of 1,688 (52.4 percent) to 1,531 (47.6 percent), residents narrowly passed the bond issue to fund the “constructing and equipping of a public park area and related improvements.”

The park bond issue is for a period of 15 years, and Mayor Infeld said it will cost homeowners $25 per $100,000 valuation—the same amount that UH residents have been paying to fund the construction of the Purvis Park pool 20 years ago. That bond issue will be paid off in December 2014.

Commenting on the bond issue’s passage, Infeld said, “I am very pleased that the community supported the establishment of a park at the former school site on Fenwick Road. A park will introduce a new community asset in University Heights and I look forward to seeing many happy people using the park in the future.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 11:38 AM, 11.05.2014

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 9-15-2014

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 
[Town Hall Meeting]

  • Public comments
  • Responses regarding fire and ambulance issues
  • NOCCA Award
  • Commercial zoning request
  • Equipment grant
  • Public nuisance
  • Less restrictive hiring
  • Leaf collection contract
  • Direct deposit
  • Health insurance
  • University Square parking garage
  • Sewer cleaning
  • Lawsuit

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 3:40 PM, 10.20.2014

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-6-2014

OCTOBER 6, 2014

  • Muscular dystrophy collection
  • Renovation meeting
  • Leaf pickup
  • Hazardous waste
  • Bond issue
  • Library levy
  • First Energy
  • Rezoning application
  • Grant acceptance
  • Insurance
  • Financial assistance
  • Master plan
  • Other cities’ grants
  • Ambulance sale
  • Legislation for administrative expenses
  • Vendor contracts
  • Auxiliary police
  • Minute Men Staffing
  • Direct deposit
  • Tree service
  • Street repaving
  • Tree planting bid
  • Garage lighting

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 3:58 PM, 10.20.2014

University Heights City Council town hall meeting highlights 6-17-2014

JUNE 17, 2014

All council members were present.

Park at Fuchs Mizrachi

Mayor Susan Infeld opened the meeting with a discussion of the resolution to develop a park at the site of the former Fuchs Mizrachi school. The proposed bond issue to fund the park would cost $1.8 million. Throughout the last two-and-a-half years, the city has held meetings to discuss the acquisition of the land and demolition of the building. Through three meetings with residents and the architect Braun & Steidl, the architect developed a plan as step one of the development phase. Step two would be placing a bond issue on the ballot for residents to vote on. If a bond issue were approved, requests for proposals would be solicited from architects. The bond issue would dovetail with the December expiration of the 20-year pool bond issue, for which residents pay $25 per $100,000 housing value. Consequently, passage of the new bond would not cause an increase in taxes. Furthermore, the new bond issue would expire in 15 years, instead of 20.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 5:53 PM, 07.31.2014

University Heights plans to improve pedestrian and bicycle traffic on busy streets

The City of University Heights plans to improve walking and bicycling along its most traveled roads with planning expertise from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA). The Warrensville Center and Cedar Roads Sidewalk Improvement Project will focus on creating safe, attractive and easy-to-navigate pedestrian and bicycle transportation corridors between Fairmount Circle and Cedar Center on Warrensville Center Road, and between Taylor Road and Fenway Drive on Cedar Road. It is one of the first projects to receive technical assistance from NOACA for this purpose.

Currently, the high traffic volume and speed on Cedar and Warrensville Center roads keep many pedestrians from using the sidewalks along the roadway. No barrier separates the sidewalk from the street, placing pedestrians uncomfortably close to high-speed traffic.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 11:03 AM, 07.31.2014

UH council meeting July 28 includes vote on $1.8 million park bond issue

University Heights City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 28, 7 p.m., in council chambers.

The meeting agenda includes a resolution "determining to proceed with the submission to the electors of the question of issuing $1.8 million of bonds for the purpose of improving the city's park and recreational facilities by constructing and equipping a public park area and related improvements, and declaring an emergency."

The deadline for council to send the bond issue to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, for it to be placed on the ballot this November, is Wednesday, Aug. 6.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 8:54 AM, 07.28.2014

UH to put park bond issue on November ballot

University Heights City Council passed Resolution 2014-12 at its July 14 meeting, which will enable voters to determine whether the city can issue $1.8 million in bonds to improve the city’s parks and recreation facilities. The bond issue would fund construction and equipment for a new park and related improvements on the site of the former Fuchs Mizrachi School, bordered by Fenwick and Saybrook roads. Councilman Mark Wiseman cast the only dissenting vote.

Council approved the ballot language at a special city council meeting on July 28 so that the issue could be placed on the Nov. 2 ballot. The vote was 5-1, with Wiseman again voting no. Councilwoman Adele Zucker was absent. The deadline for council to send the bond issue to the board of elections is Aug. 6.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 1:23 PM, 07.22.2014

UH weighs bond issue to fund new park

Approximately 50 University Heights residents, along with the city’s mayor and seven council members, came together for a June 17 town meeting on a proposed $1.8 million bond issue to fund a new public park on the former site of the Fuchs Mizrachi school.

Opinions at the meeting ranged from skeptical to supportive. The largely free-form dialogue between council members and residents covered a range of topics, including the amount of the bond issue, the city’s ability to appeal to young families, and a looming Aug. 6 deadline—the date by which council must send the bond issue to the board of elections for it to be placed on this November’s ballot.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 2:47 PM, 06.30.2014

UH hires community development coordinator

Elizabeth “Libby” Ellis is the new community development coordinator for the City of University Heights. Ellis, whose first day on the job was May 19, said that the city has had similar positions in the past, but that hers is an expanded role.

“My goal is to advance the quality of life in University Heights,” she said. Her role includes both attracting new businesses to the city and cultivating and supporting the many small, local businesses that are already located there. She will work to cultivate financial support through grants and other means, represent the mayor at community functions, build relationships and develop new programs.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 2:19 PM, 06.30.2014

University Heights summer concerts move to JCU

With the closing of Wiley Middle School, the longtime home of University Heights’s annual free Summer Concert Series, the city has moved this summer’s performances to John Carroll University, in front of Grasselli Library.

Concerts take place on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., through Aug. 14, with the following performers scheduled for July and August:

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 2:07 PM, 06.30.2014

UH mayor advises residents of two upcoming meetings on plans for Wiley site

[Editor's note: This is a letter to University Heights residents from Mayor Susan Infeld, announcing two upcoming meetings about the school district's plans to convert the site of the now-closed Wiley Middle School to a temporary location for Cleveland Heights High School. The first meeting, of the city's planning commission, will take place on Wednesday June 25, at 7 p.m.; the second, a meeting of the board of zoning appeals, is scheduled for July 9 at 7 p.m. The full text of the Mayor's letter appears below.]

Dear Residents,

As you are likely aware, Wiley Middle School closed permanently earlier this month and the students have been reassigned to Monticello or Roxboro Middle Schools.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 10:19 AM, 06.24.2014

UH plans June 17 town meeting on proposed park bond issue

On June 17, at 7 p.m., the City of University Heights will hold a town meeting to discuss the proposed $1.8 million bond issue for the development of a public park on the former site of the Northwood/Fuchs Mizrachi school on Fenwick Road. The meeting will take place at University Heights City Hall, in Council Chambers.

In the June issue of the University Heights newsletter, Mayor Susan Infeld reported that “the park planning process is nearing completion,” and noted that the plans are posted on the city’s website, www.universityheights.com.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 10:24 AM, 06.16.2014

Goldberg wins primary in campaign for judgeship

Francine Goldberg, former University Heights councilwoman and vice mayor, won the May 6 Democratic primary for Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Judge. Goldberg won 72 percent of the vote, defeating John McIntyre, a lawyer and Lakewood resident, 59,536 to 22,867.

She will next face incumbent Republican Judge Janet Rath Colaluca in the November general election.

“I am absolutely delighted and overwhelmed by this show of support," Goldberg said via e-mail. "I am gratified that the voters entrusted me with the responsibility of representing the Democratic Party for this important judicial position.”

Goldberg was a University Heights councilwoman for 12 years, serving as vice mayor for four of those years, until term limits brought an end to her service to the city in December 2013.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 11:01 AM, 05.27.2014

University Heights City Council meeting 5-5-2014

May 5, 2014

  • Public comments
  • Composting
  • Wiley Challenge Choir
  • School transition
  • Delinquent debt
  • Funds transfer
  • Purchasing policy
  • Clerk of Council
  • Street resurfacing contract
  • Service director’s updates
  • Repaving project


All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 2:49 PM, 05.20.2014

University Heights plans zoning code overhaul

The City of University Heights has embarked on a major overhaul of its zoning code, through which it will address several areas of concern. In a March 25 meeting, planner David Hartt, of CT Consultants, enumerated planned changes and discussed other opportunities brought forth by the overhaul.

Zoning review and approval processes will be clarified, and conflicts that have emerged in the code, due to piecemeal amendments over the years, will be eliminated. Impediments to reasonable investment—lot coverage restrictions, for example—will be evaluated, and the code will be adjusted to reflect changes in state and federal regulations regarding land uses such as group homes and religious facilities. The zoning code’s consistency with the city’s master plan will also be improved.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 2:03 PM, 05.05.2014

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 4-7-2014

APRIL 7, 2014

  • Yard waste collection
  • Fuchs Mizrachi site
  • Technical assistance grant
  • Belvoir Boulevard and new crossing
  • Memorial Day parade
  • JCU access drive
  • Mobile computers
  • Spring tree planting
  • Yard nuisance abatement
  • Sidewalk repair and replacement
  • Ethnic Intimidation
  • Construction
  • Recreation committee

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 6:54 PM, 04.16.2014

CH-UH Board of Education to present Wiley Middle School renovations plan to UH City Council March 17

University Heights City Council will meet with the CH-UH City School District Board of Education at its Council Committee of the Whole Meeting, on Monday, March 17 at 6 p.m.

At the meeting, the district will present its plan for renovations at the Wiley Middle School property to Mayor Susan Infeld and city council members. Wiley will be used a "swing school" to accommodate students during construction at Heights High and, later, Monticello and Roxboro middle schools.

After the meeting with the BOE, University Heights City Council will hold its city council meeting at 7:30 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 10:39 AM, 03.17.2014

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 3-3-14

MARCH 3, 2014

  • Memorial Day parade
  • Zoning and planning updates
  • New fire chief
  • JCU plaza renovation
  • JCU access drive proposal
  • Transfer of funds
  • Vehicle purchase
  • Tree planting
  • False alarms

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 12:27 PM, 03.18.2014

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 1-21-2014

JANUARY 21, 2014

  • Ed Kelley
  • Library renovations
  • Municipal court operation
  • Green driveways
  • Police dispatchers
  • Ford Escape
  • Council chambers repairs
  • Sanitary sewer repair
  • Garage doors

Vice Mayor Susan Pardee and Councilwoman Adele Zucker were absent.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 10:41 AM, 02.11.2014

University Heights mayor reports city operating "as usual" despite frigid temperatures

In a Jan 6. e-mail, University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld notified residents that the city is operating "as usual," provided information on the cold-weather operations of three city departments, and offered some safety tips from the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Infeld provided updates on police and service department (garbage collection) operations in these frigid conditions, and a recommendation from the building department to help keep pipes from freezing:

  • The Police Department is monitoring the speed of vehicles and stopping them if they are travelling too fast for conditions. In general the police are issuing warnings to drivers to beware of icy road conditions, however they will issue citations as warranted. The snow ban is being enforced and the police are contacting the owners of vehicles parked on the street. If the owners cannot be contacted or do not respond within a reasonable period of time, the vehicles will be towed.
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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 5:24 PM, 01.06.2014

UH Mayor to deliver State of City report at Jan. 6 meeting; council members to be installed

University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld will deliver the annual State of the City report at the Jan. 6 UH City Council meeting. Infeld, re-elected as mayor in November, will take the oath of office for her new term at the meeting. She will also take the oath of office as the city’s safety director.

According to the meeting agenda, council members Phillip Ertel, Susan Pardee and Mark Wiseman will also take oaths of office, and council will elect a vice mayor.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 PM, 01.06.2014

Mayor Infeld delivers 2014 UH State of the City report

At the Jan. 6 University Heights City Council meeting, Mayor Susan Infeld marked the beginning of her second term by delivering the annual State of the City Report, highlighting 2013 achievements—including a 2013 revenue surplus of $2.2 million—and looking ahead to 2014.

At the same meeting, council members Phillip Ertel, Susan Pardee and Mark Wiseman were sworn in, and council members selected Pardee vice mayor by a majority vote.

In her report, Infeld stated that the carried-over $2.2 million surplus provides a “cushion for unexpected expenses” that will enable the city “to put more money into capital improvements.” Infeld said, “We will pave more streets, make the last installment payment for the former Fuchs Mizrachi school property . . . and begin the development of a community park on the site.”

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 10:46 AM, 01.14.2014

UH honors three for service

University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld named outgoing Vice Mayor Frankie Goldberg and volunteer magistrate Robert Walton University Heights’s 2013 Public Servant and Citizen of the Year, respectively, for the work they have done on behalf of the city.

This year's UH Employee of the Year is Scott Rudyk, a 14-year employee of the city and head mechanic in the service department. He was selected for that honor by a vote of city employees.

At the UH City Council meeting on Dec. 17, Infeld presented Goldberg and Walton with official proclamations honoring their achievements. Rudyk was honored at the city's employee appreciation event on Dec. 16.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:00 PM, 01.02.2014

UH City Council meeting is rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 17

University Heights City Council has rescheduled its next meeting from Monday, Dec. 16 to Tuesday, Dec. 17.

"It would normally occur on Monday," said University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, "but I asked City Council to change the day of the meeting so that we could all attend the school district's meeting about closing Wiley and redistributing the students to Roxboro and Monticello. That meeting is Monday at 7 p.m. at Heights High."

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 2:14 PM, 12.13.2013

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 12-2-2013

DECEMBER 2, 2013

  • Public comments
  • Park planning meeting
  • Wiley Middle School’s closing
  • Honorees
  • Nancy English sworn in
  • Assessment fines
  • Fire department
  • Fuchs Mizrachi demolition
  • Ford pickup purchase
  • Lettering on police cars
  • Search for fire chief
  • Leaf pickup
  • Tree trimming
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Murphy Hall
  • Waterline project and paving
  • School facilities oversight

All council members were present.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 4:58 PM, 12.12.2013

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

Dec. 5: Victor Mezacapa of University School and Lisa Peng of Laurel School—champion debaters who have earned honors in tournaments at The City Club of Cleveland—will debate the resolution: In the United States criminal justice system, truth-seeking ought to take precedence over attorney/client privilege.

 

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 11:55 AM, 12.02.2013

University Heights City Council Meeting 10-21-2013

OCTOBER 21, 2013

  • Leaf pickup
  • Emergency notification
  • Hazardous waste collection
  • New park
  • Halloween
  • Washington/Baintree Tree Pruning
  • Funding for street paving
  • Nuisance abatement penalties
  • Major trash removal
  • Sales of shopping centers

All council members were present.

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 6:29 PM, 11.13.2013

UH City Council meeting for Nov. 4

The University Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its Nov. 4 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at University Heights City Hall.

The agenda includes a proclamation in honor of [retiring] Patrolman Dennis Rohal.

Following the regular meeting, council will hold an executive session "for the purpose of discussing personnel, litigation or real estate matters."

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Volume 6, Issue 12, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.04.2013

UH City Council meeting agenda for Oct. 21

The University Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its Oct. 21 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at University Heights City Hall.

Following the regular meeting, council will hold an executive session "for the purpose of discussing personnel, litigation or real estate matters.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 1:02 PM, 10.21.2013

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 10-7-2013

OCTOBER 7, 2013

  • Recycling/composting
  • Second house fire
  • Police equipment
  • Special garbage pickups
  • Property violations
  • Nuisance rubbish
  • Police and fire department pensions
  • Nordway Road
  • Northeast Ohio Sewer District
  • Cedar and Warrensville accident 
  • Fuchs Mizrachi building     
  • Murphy Hall
  • Leaf collection

Councilman Steven Sims was absent.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 3:36 PM, 10.21.2013

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 12:14 PM, 10.31.2013

UH City Council meeting agenda for Sept. 16

The University Heights City Council has posted the agenda for its Sept. 16 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at University Heights City Hall.

The agenda includes an ordinance authorizing the transfer of funds from the general fund to other funds. It also includes a second reading of a resolution accepting "the amounts and rates as determined by the Cuyahoga County Budget Commission and authorize the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer," and a resolution on "keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 10:17 AM, 09.16.2013

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

Oct. 3: Robert Varley, president of the Cuyahoga County Public Library Board of Trustees, celebrates the library's 90th anniversary and the exceptional service it provides to 620,000 residents in 47 communities throughout the county.

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Volume 6, Issue 10, Posted 6:35 PM, 10.01.2013

Senior Citizen Happenings

Senior Citizen Happenings, sponsored by the City of University Heights, are open to all. Events take place on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the University Heights Library. For information, and to suggest program topics, contact the UH Office for Senior Services at 216-397-0336 or info@universityheights.com.

Sept. 5: Steven Taylor, who recently retired after 24 years as director of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, reflects on the satisfactions and challenges of his career, and his commitment to the conservation of African wildlife.

 

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 12:44 PM, 08.30.2013

University Heights City Council meeting highlights 7-17-2013

JULY 17, 2013 (Special Meeting)

All council members were present.

Change in demolition cost

Council authorized a change order of $26,906.25 for the demolition of the Fuchs Mizrachi building. The initial proposal did not consider pipes wrapped in asbestos above the very high original ceiling. Engineer Joe Ciuni negotiated a lower price for this additional work, arguing that the people completing the bid should have known some pipes were not accounted for. The project is still below the total budgeted amount.

Consolidation of plats

Council authorized the consolidation of three plats into one at the former Fuchs Mizrachi School. The site had one large plat for the original school and two smaller ones from former homes that were removed to allow for additional parking. The planning commission recommended the consolidation.

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Volume 6, Issue 9, Posted 11:28 AM, 08.14.2013

University Heights seeks nominations for 2013 Beautiful Home awards

University Heights City Beautiful Commission members are currently traveling the city's streets, looking for homes and gardens to nominate for UH's 2013 Beautiful Home awards.

Residents can nominate homes in their neighborhoods—or nominate their own homes—by contacting Sherri Wisnieski (swisnieski@universityheights.com or 216-932-7800, ext. 203) at University Heights City Hall.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 11:45 AM, 07.16.2013